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Law enforcement agencies host golf tournament benefiting Special Olympics North Carolina

Monday's event raised about $15,000 for the organization. Event organizers said a full slate of 120 golfers signed up, which is about 40 more than last year.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dozens of people hit the golf course Monday for a good cause.  

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Union County Sheriff's Office joined forces to host a golf tournament fundraiser for Special Olympics North Carolina.

Special Olympics North Carolina has nearly 40,000 registered athletes who train and compete in year-round programs, according to the organization. The organization is centered around giving children and adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to engage in sports they love. 

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"Special Olympics has always been a place that has touched our department and others," CMPD Capt. Ryan Jackson said. "This past June celebrated the 40th year of law enforcement torch run for Special Olympics. So with that, it's raising not just the funds but the awareness for all of the athletes who have intellectual disabilities here in North Carolina." 

Monday's event raised about $15,000 for the organization. Event organizers said a full slate of 120 golfers signed up, which is about 40 more than last year.

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